The global hydraulic fracturing market is expected to reach USD 90.55 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Regulatory support in the form of tax benefits and financial incentives, particularly in North America and Asia Pacific is expected to drive the global hydraulic fracturing market over the next six years. Depleting conventional oil & gas reserves has prompted the industry to shift its focus towards developing unconventional resources of energy which is also expected to have positive impact on market growth. Environment issues on account of ground water contamination have led regulatory bodies across various European countries to ban the use hydraulic fracturing and this is expected to remain a key challenge for market participants.
Plug & perf emerged as the leading technology used for hydraulic fracturing and accounted for 85.6% of total market revenue in 2013. Plug & perf is also expected to be the fastest growing technology at an estimated CAGR of 12.1% from 2014 to 2020. Use of plug & perf technique enables multistage fracturing for cased holes. Owing to its ease in accessibility for fracturing horizontal wells, this technology is preferred over sliding sleeve technique in the global hydraulic fracturing market.
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